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Local authorities have raised concerns that many of the childminders coming forward to offer funded places for two, three and four year olds are not sufficiently well-qualified to provide high quality early years education.

Play and music therapy will form part of a package of support to help adopted children bond with their families.

More than 60 per cent of families in Scotland say they have seen the quality of education services and wraparound care decrease because of funding cuts, a survey reveals.

Barnardo's and Action for Children have lost their contracts to run seven children's centres in Leicester in a council bid to save 1.7m a year.

Children's centre budgets should be pooled with those for midwives and health visitors, a cross-party committee of MPs has argued.

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The Government is consulting on reforms which will change how free nursery places are funded and reduce the role of LAs while increasing Ofsted's power.

The Early Intervention Foundation's interim head of evidence, and visiting professor at the London School of Economics Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion.

The Early Intervention Foundation will be officially launched today by David Cameron.

Ministers plan to change the way that nurseries and childminders are funded through local authorities, in a move towards developing a new national funding formula for free early education places.